Armed Forces Recreation Society: Directorate Earns National Accreditation

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On Oct. 21, 2003, Morale, Welfare and Recreation became the first military installation of the 47 agencies that achieved national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The award was announced at the 2003 National Recreation and Park Association Congress & Exposition.

The process of accreditation is extensive, and took several years to accomplish. The initial application is followed by an agency "self-assessment." A team of certified park and recreation professionals and experienced citizen-board members then visited MWR Fort Monmouth. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies conducted final review of the visitation report and of the agency's self assessment. The emphasis of the accreditation is on addressing 155 standards that are elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations.

Glen Perlakowski, Director of MWR, and his dedicated CAPRA team members, attended the commission hearing on Oct. 21, 2003, in St. Louis, Miss., and was notified that Fort Monmouth MWR had received accreditation. Perlakowski said the journey to accreditation had improved the quality of the installation's recreational processes, facilities, operations and services and resulted in closer staff teamwork.

The commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials.

CAPRA offers annual training sessions for agencies that would like to explore future agency accreditation. …